The Premier League season is underway, and while every single game is going to count for the Gunners, there’s no way of getting around it: they need to have a strong run of form at home if they want to be successful. They’ve struggled away from the Emirates for a few years now, whereas their ability to get the job done at home has consistently gotten them out of jail more times than we can count.
It’s not like they’re unbeatable there, but they do just seem to be a little bit more confident in their own abilities when put in front of their home fans. As such, we’ve decided to take the time to analyse their next six scheduled Premier League home games at the Emirates, and what we think will come of them.
Tottenham – September 1st
There’s no reason for Arsenal to be afraid of their almighty rivals, because while they may have secured a point against Manchester City, they were incredibly fortunate in doing so. This will be the toughest test of them all, but they should get at least a point and hopefully all three.
Aston Villa – September 22nd
Fans will remember when Villa nearly won at the Emirates all those years ago in what was the club’s first PL home game there. Now, all these years later, we just can’t picture a scenario in which Villa cause Arsenal any kind of major problems.
Bournemouth – October 6th
A nailed on three points. Bournemouth can beat anyone on their day but Arsenal cannot afford to be dropping points in games like this one.
Crystal Palace – October 27th
They stumbled last year against Palace, but this is a very different Palace side – and a very different Arsenal one, too. If they don’t win by at least two or three goals, this will be viewed as a pretty substantial failure.
Wolves – November 2nd
Wolverhampton Wanderers do not mess around, but they also do not have the luxury of many days off this season. If they get through to the group stage, which seems like it’ll happen, they will have a Europa League game just a few days after the Arsenal clash.
Southampton – November 23rd
Southampton look like one of the leading contenders for relegation this season, and as such, Arsenal should not be afraid of them in any way, shape or form.
How many of these games will Arsenal win?